The New Tecnam Astore
At Aero 2013, Friedrichshafen, Tecnam premiered its next-generation LSA, the Astore. The two-seat low-wing aircraft was developed by Tecnam's renowned Head of Aircraft Design, Professor Luigi Pascale, and named in honor of his first production aircraft, the P48 Astore. An iPad mini comes standard with each aircraft, and the Levil G Mini, using Wi-Fi, provides a full Primary Flight Display on the iPad mini using compatible third-party applications such as Air Navigation Pro or similar. The pre-installed app will also compute weight and balance and display checklists, and it includes a full POH. Customers can choose their engine to be the Rotax 912ULS, the Rotax 912iS or the Rotax 914. "We have built our reputation at Tecnam on producing airplanes that offer outstanding value, beauty and efficiency," said Paolo Pascale, Tecnam's Managing Director. "What better way to celebrate Tecnam's 65th anniversary than by offering our customers the very best next-generation LSA, the Tecnam Astore, designed to make flying a Tecnam aeroplane a most enjoyable flying experience." Visit www.tecnam.com.
Sennheiser S1 NoiseGard
The new S1 NoiseGard headset has good passive attenuation and features active noise-cancelling technology. Tiny microphones inside the ear cups pick up the remaining background noise, primarily low-frequency noise that the passive attenuation doesn't sufficiently address, such as engine noise. The NoiseGard electronic circuitry then generates "anti-noise" that cancels out the unwanted noise to a large extent. "A noise-cancelling pilot's headset is an important health and safety factor," confirmed Jörg Buchberger, Aviation Business Segment Manager. "In addition, we have equipped the headset with Peak Level Protection, a feature that protects the pilot's hearing against extreme volume peaks during radio communication." The headset features adjustable headband tension that allows pilots to adjust how tightly they want the headset to fit, as well as sunglass comfort zones in the ear pads. Visit www.sennheiser.com.
Aspen Avionics In Piper Seneca
Aspen Avionics announced that Piper Aircraft has selected the Evolution Backup Display system for its Piper Seneca V-series aircraft. The Evolution Backup Display is a fully digital independent flight display system designed to replace mechanical backup instruments used in Part 23 glass panel installations. The Evolution Backup Display functionality on the Piper Seneca includes attitude, altitude and airspeed tapes, rate of turn, slip/skid, VSI and heading. "Seneca pilots will appreciate the convenience and increased reliability of Aspen's Evolution glass backup display interface, which provides significantly better situational awareness than mechanical backup instrumentation," says Brad Hayden, Vice President of Marketing. "The Seneca is an ideal platform for the Evolution Backup Display to complete the total glass panel solution for this aircraft." Visit www.aspenavionics.com and www.piper.com.
Cessna Caravan Service
Cessna announced today that aircraft on ground (AOG) maintenance will now be available for Cessna's 208 model Caravan at all their factory-owned Citation Service Centers. Cessna's Mobile Service Units will also be allowed to perform AOG maintenance on Cessna's 208 model Caravan aircraft. The unscheduled maintenance can be coordinated through the Citation Service Centers located in Milwaukee, Wis., Orlando, Fla., Sacramento, Cal., and Wichita, Kan. "Offering AOG service gives additional confidence to our 208 customers through our Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) support at our locations," said Joe Hepburn, Cessna Senior Vice President of Customer Service. "Cessna has manufactured more than 2,000 of the Caravan series of aircraft, and expanding our service network capabilities provides a realistic solution for the owner's maintenance needs." Visit www.cessna.com.
Disney Screening At Oshkosh
Those attending AirVenture this year will have the opportunity to experience a special preview screening of Disney's Planes at the Fly-In Theater on Friday night, August 2, one week before the movie opens in theaters nationwide. "Disney's Planes is a great underdog story. It has a lot of heart and a message we can all use: If we can believe in ourselves, step out of our comfort zones and get past whatever fear that's holding us back, we'd be surprised with the results," said Director Klay Hall. "And that's exactly what happens to Dusty in this movie. He's a crop duster who's never flown above 1,000 feet, but he dreams of being the fastest air racer in the world. He has a lot of obstacles to overcome and needs to dig pretty deep to find the courage to become more than he was built to be. We're so happy to share the film with the passionate aviation community at AirVenture." Prior to the screening, Hall will talk about the making of the film with behind-the-scenes stories. Visit www.disney.com/planes and www.airventure.org.
Jeppesen now offers delivery of its e-book training textbooks and materials directly through its JeppDirect.com site for use with Apple iOS and Android devices, as well as for PC and Mac computers. Two new e-book titles, Aviation Dictionary, and Aircraft Gas Turbine Powerplants, supplement Jeppesen's training solution for student pilots and mechanics, flight schools, universities, current pilots and aviation maintenance technicians. "Offering multiple platform options for training e-book delivery through JeppDirect.com enhances the interactive learning experience that we provide for our customers," said Julie Filucci, senior manager, Jeppesen Aviation Training Solutions. "Expanding from iPad and iPhone delivery allows us to provide our e-book material on the preferred device of the customer received directly from the source." Visit www.jeppdirect.com and www.jeppesen.com/school.
The new Pipistrel Panthera logged a flight over the Alps to the Aero Friedrichshafen expo. It took off from an airfield in Ajdovšcina, and an hour and a half later, landed successfully at the airport in Friedrichshafen. The four-seat composite-design Panthera cruises at 200 knots and burns 10 gph. Visit www.panthera-aircraft.com and www.pipistrel.com.
Spidertracks Sponsors Safecon
Spidertracks will be one of the sponsors of Safecon 2013, organized by The Ohio State University and the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA). Safecon is an annual NIFA Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference that brings together more than 300 students from 30 colleges and universities from across the country to compete for both team and pilot honors. Visit www.safecon2013.com and www.spidertracks.com.
This new portable device gives attitude information; has a WAAS GPS for charts and synthetic vision; displays information from external hardware such as an engine monitors; and is an ADSB-in receiver. Its three-hour battery is rechargeable through a USB port or by its built-in solar panel. The iLevel is compatible with a number of apps including WingX Pro7, which displays Synthetic Vision, in-flight weather and also supports ADS-B traffic information. It weighs eight ounces and dimensions are 4.5x3x1 inches. Contact: www.aviation.levil.com.
Rotax 912 Engine DVD
This second-edition DVD by Paul Hamilton provides tips and techniques for operation of an LSA with a Rotax 912 engine and provides an introduction to important aspects of maintaining the 912 and 912S. Experts Phil Lockwood and Dean Vogel outline typical procedures every owner, operator and mechanic should know. Learn about vital engine fluids, selecting fuel and proper filters, coolant options, cold weather operations and more. This new edition also addresses an oil-pressure sensor update, best types of oil to use, frequency of oil changes, tips on finding updated Rotax information, automobile gas and avgas options and extended TBO information. Running time is 68 minutes, plus 28 minutes of extras. Contact: www.asa2fly.com.
F-100 Conference Table
An icon that once served 47 airlines worldwide can now be at the center of your office. The MotoArt F-100 Conference Table's edgy, functional design is completed in mirror-polished finish and accented with backlit fuselage windows. It features custom-fabricated aluminum legs and is topped with 1⁄2-inch tempered glass. Data ports are hidden underneath. This table is available in both Boeing and Fokker fuselage configurations. Contact: www.motoart.com.
iPad Mini Kneeboards
Sporty's has three new styles of kneeboard for the iPad Mini to suit any pilot's preference. The Mini Bifold Kneeboard is held in place with four elastic bands, and the kneeboard straps to your leg via a contoured back and elastic straps. It can be used in either portrait or landscape format. The BiFold Kneeboard features two internal mesh pockets and a zippered pocket with a protective flap to protect the iPad screen. The Leather Mini Kneeboard has a leather cover that unfolds to create a rotating kneeboard, with elastic strap and low-glare viewing angle. The Mini Slimline Kneeboard is the smallest solution, with a simple mounting surface with elastic straps to hold the Mini. The knee strap can be oriented for portrait or landscape viewing. Contact: www.sportys.com.